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(Pocket-lint) - The Apple iPhone 12 series has a gorgeous flat-backed design, reminiscent of the iPhone 4, but these angular edges can make dropping the phone a terrifying prospect. You'll certainly want to pair your iPhone with a sturdy case in order to protect it.

You might opt for one that supports Apple MagSafe and can secure itself with magnets, or perhaps you're fine with a traditional fit.

Either way, we've tested and assessed a huge range of cases for the iPhone 12 series. We've fitted them, used them for weeks at a time and compared their build quality, weight and impact protection, along with the all-important styling, in an effort to work out which are the best choices.

We've collected together some of the top options available, right here in this list. 


What is the best iPhone 12 case? Our top recommendation is the Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe. Other options include the Totallee Clear case, 15:21 cork case, Apple Clear Case with MagSafe, and Spigen Mag Armor.


Our Top Pick: Apple iPhone 12 Case

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Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe

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For

  • Great range of colours
  • Fits like a glove
  • Not too chunky

Against

  • A bit expensive
  • Not the most protective

As is often the case, the case that will suit most people the best for the iPhone 12 is Apple's own soft case - although it's far from the most affordable option.

It fits perfectly, and the soft silicone finish is great to grip. Plus, you've got MagSafe on board in case you decide to pick up a snap-on magnetic accessory later. 

Apple iPhone 12 cases we also recommend

If that option doesn't quite fit for you, here are four more top choices we've tested:

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Totallee

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For

  • Really thin
  • Solid protection
  • Shows off your colour choice

Against

  • Obviously a bit plain

For many people, the top priority is just getting a case that's as thin as possible, to protect from superficial damage without covering up the phone too much or making it too thick.

Totallee has the best of the bunch in that section, with wafer-thin, tight-fitting cases that have really impressed us.

We particularly like this clear version, which makes sure that your phone looks as good as it should. 

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15:21

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For

  • Beautiful texture
  • Ecologically friendly
  • Unique design

Against

  • Minimal protection

For a step away from the mainstream, we're really taken with this handsome cork case, designed and made in Sweden and sensibly sourced to make sure that you can feel good about how your phone case was made.

It gives your phone a nice rustic look, and is soft to the touch, while it also adds impressively little bulk and clips on and off more easily than almost any other case we've tried.

It's a great choice for something a little less corporate in nature. 

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Apple Clear Case with MagSafe

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For

  • MagSafe compliant
  • Clean design

Against

  • Divisive design

If you're taken with MagSafe, and want it in your case, but also want the colour of phone you chose to shine through, you might think about this clear case from Apple.

It's much like those for previous versions of the iPhone, with an obvious exception - those MagSafe magnets give it a funky, patterned look on the back. It won't be to everyone's taste, but it'll get the job done.

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Spigen Mag Armor

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For

  • Really great protection
  • MagSafe compatible

Against

  • Slightly chunky

It's taken a little bit of time for third-party cases to catch up with Apple's surprise reinvention of MagSafe, but Spigen's got a really great case here..

It's nice and matte black, with really solid drop protection and bumpers, but most importantly packs those magnetic coils to ensure that your MagSafe accessories and charger will work perfectly. 

Other products we considered

In the process of ranking the best iPhone 12 cases, we spent hours testing and researching. We always consider a number of factors when it comes to recommending these cases, and try to apply the same criteria when a new device is being considered for inclusion. It's not all judged on our testing, either - we also try to factor in consumer reviews, brand quality and value.

In all of our buyer's guides, there are also many products we test that don't make the final cut. Since they may be the right fit for some people, however, we've listed them below.

How to choose a case for your iPhone 12

Choosing a case for your new iPhone (or replacing an old or broken case) can feel like almost as big a decision as choosing the phone in the first place - it'll make such an impact on what the handset looks and feels like, after all. Here are some of the key questions to ask yourself before you pick a case.

What sort of look do you want?

The design of a case is really important, in our mind, but that might not be the case for you - it's all up to personal taste. After all, you might prefer a clear case so that your phone can actually be recognised, or you might instead opt for a more colourful or unique design. Whatever your approach, it's worth thinking about this as you check out the different options.

How much protection do you need?

Related to a case's design is how much protection it offers - and how much you need will be down to your own experience. Do you drop your phone often? Are the floors in your home largely hard and liable to damage a dropped item? You can check out how much a manufacturer rates its case for protection on almost all product pages, and see how high you can drop it from without fear, so definitely think about this if you know you're a little clumsy.

Are you going to use MagSafe?

Apple introduced MagSafe with the iPhone 12, and it makes wireless charging even more reliable - but not every case is thin enough, or contains the right magnets, to work with the system. It's well worth your time to check on the product page whether it'll be able to stick to a charging puck, as this might be something you'll want down the line.

What's your budget?

Of course, as with any other tech accessory, your budget is the final but maybe the most important factor. If you're looking at Apple's own cases but know you can't afford them, you could find a less expensive option that looks pretty similar, although the quality likely won't match them. There are loads of options at different price points, so figure out your budget and you shouldn't have a significant issue finding a case to fit it.

More about this story

Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.

When it comes to cases for the iPhone 12 series, that means exactly what you'd assume - we've used the case for at least a few weeks, checking out how well it works. That means assessing its materials and build quality, and seeing how bulky or annoying its design might be beneath the surface.

There's also an aesthetic side to this, of course, so it'll depend on your taste, but we've put some considerable thought into which cases look best as we finalise the rankings.

In all of our buyer's guides, including this one, we tend to skip over the spec comparisons and marketing spiel; we just want to provide an easy to understand review that gives you an idea of what it's going to be like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is in the interest of brevity.

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.